Monday, November 7, 2011

Dive into Zwickau's Johannisbad

If you're visiting Dresden or Leipzig and looking for a day trip, you'd be well-advised to make a short trek to the north side of Zwickau to see some fantastic Jugendstil (Art Nouveau) architecture. Wealth from Zwickau's industry, which included automobile production (this is where August Horch founded AUDI), led to the building of beautiful villas and apartments around the turn of the 20th century. 

One of my favorite places is the Johannisbad, Gründerzeit bathhouse from the 1860s with a Jugendstil interior from 1904.Though it fell into disrepair during the GDR period and was closed shortly after reunification,  the Johannisbad was magnificently restored and reopened in 2000. Today the historic structure, with its intricately designed tiles and railing, is on par with other notable Schwimmbäder in Vienna and Budapest. It's certainly a surprising find in this small Saxon town. 

Learn more and check out more photos at 

Johannisstrasse 16
08056 Zwickau